80 Thought-Provoking Quotes to Boost Your Self-Worth

Updated on November 12, 2019
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We can all be our own worst critic at times. These quotes can help you maintain a healthier perspective on yourself.
We can all be our own worst critic at times. These quotes can help you maintain a healthier perspective on yourself. | Source

Refocus Your Mindset With These 80 Sayings

As we grow older, our perspective evolves, and we learn that our mistakes can teach us a lot. Sometimes, however, we forget that our mistakes are learning opportunities and not demerits. The journey of life may not become easier as we age, but we can definitely improve our methods for coping with setbacks. One of my favorite ways to deal with bruised self-confidence is to read or listen to the words of others who have persevered through their mistakes and come out stronger for it.

Here are 80 quotes I've collected to remind you to appreciate you. Instead of judging yourself harshly or dwelling on your mistakes, read these inspiring words and stay focused on living a life that you truly love. The quotes on this page have been divided into the following categories for your convenience:

  1. Practicing Self-Love
  2. Challenging Yourself
  3. Pursuing a Life Worth Living
  4. Not Overthinking Things
  5. Doing What You Want
  6. Focusing and Being Productive
  7. Feeling Confident
  8. Maintaining Hope

"To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness." ―Robert Morely
"To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness." ―Robert Morely | Source

1. Practicing Self-Love

  1. "The only person who can pull me down is myself, and I'm not going to let myself pull me down anymore." ―C. JoyBell C.
  2. "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." Lucille Ball
  3. "Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you." ―Karl Lagerfeld
  4. "If you have the ability to love, love yourself first." ―Charles Bukowski
  5. "To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness." Robert Morely
  6. "Your time is way too valuable to be wasting on people that can't accept who you are." ―Turcois Ominek
  7. "If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself." Barbara De Angelis
  8. "Respect yourself and others will respect you." ―Confucius
  9. "The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself." ―Steve Maraboli
  10. "Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults." Les Brown

"Challenge yourself to be an example of change." ―Debasish Mridha
"Challenge yourself to be an example of change." ―Debasish Mridha | Source

2. Challenging Yourself

  1. "Greatness is what happens when you relentlessly push yourself to continuously create a better you." ―Edmond Mbiaka
  2. "When the winds of life are pushing you back, THAT'S when you push forward the hardest." ―Yvonne Pierre
  3. "No one event will ever be the 'be all or end all.' It’s never a big deal, so stop ever making it one. Put every challenge in perspective and push forward." ―Kevin Abdulrahman
  4. "Scared people want comfort and certainty so they avoid failure. People living fully seek challenges because this is where they feel alive." ―Maxime Lagacé
  5. "Challenge yourself to be an example of change." ―Debasish Mridha
  6. "Life’s challenges are inevitable. We have to prepare mentally by renewing our mind with inspiration daily to be able to cope when the situations arise." ―Lailah Gifty Akita
  7. "What gives meaning are challenges. A beautiful life is a meaningful. Say yes to challenges." ―Maxime Lagacé
  8. "Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." ―George Bernard Shaw
  9. "Don't live the same day over and over again and call that a life. Life is about evolving mentally, spiritually, and emotionally." ―Germany Kent
  10. "our task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." ―Rumi

"The unexamined life is not worth living." —Socrates
"The unexamined life is not worth living." —Socrates | Source

3. Pursuing a Life Worth Living

  1. "Keep calm when things don’t go according to your expectations! Beautiful things always meet friction!" ―Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
  2. "I don't like myself, I'm crazy about myself." ―May West
  3. "Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact." ―William James
  4. "The unexamined life is not worth living." ―Socrates
  5. "People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds. It is something one creates." ―Thomas Szasz
  6. "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." ―Albert Einstein
  7. "Challenges, failures, defeats and ultimately, progress, are what make your life worthwhile." ―Maxime Lagacé
  8. "Happiness is not some 'thing' to be pursued, it is a way of being born from appreciating." ―Rasheed Ogunlaru
  9. "Bad things are not the worst things that can happen to us. Nothing is the worst thing that can happen to us!" ―Richard Bach
  10. "No one has ever found themselves without being a little lost." ―Sai Pradeep

"We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking." —Santosh Kalwar
"We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking." —Santosh Kalwar | Source

4. Not Overthinking Things

  1. "If a man cannot understand the beauty of life, it is probably because life never understood the beauty in him." ―Criss Jami
  2. "Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." ―Steve Jobs
  3. "Desire to always be on the right way no matter how tough it gets. A very slow movement on the right way is better than overwhelming speed on the wrong path!" ―Israelmore Ayivor
  4. "It's a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack." ―Germany Kent
  5. "We wander, question. But the answer waits in each separate heart - the answer of our own identity and the way by which we can master loneliness and feel that at last we belong." ―Carson McCullers
  6. "We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking." ―Santosh Kalwar
  7. "He'd thought he was lost, but now he recognized that eternity was around him, like salt from a shaker or stars in the sky." ―Alice Hoffman
  8. "Reach deep within, and reconnect with the essence of your being." ―Bryant McGill
  9. "Stop trying to find yourself. You’ve had it all along. Never feel ashamed for feeling different; different is the new normal." ―Joel Annesley
  10. "When misery overwhelms us, it often overflows onto close relationships." ―Jodi Aman

"The time is now. What you have to do, do it now." —Lailah Gifty Akita
"The time is now. What you have to do, do it now." —Lailah Gifty Akita | Source

5. Doing What You Want

  1. "To do what you love first find what you love." ―Amit Kalantri
  2. "The time is now. What you have to do, do it now." ―Lailah Gifty Akita
  3. "Passion fuels dreams. Commitment fuels action. Get clear about what you want to do and why you want to do it. Take action. Your time is now." ―Julie Connor
  4. "Dreams don't work unless you take action. The surest way to make your dreams come true is to live them." ―Roy T. Bennett
  5. "Do what you want that works." ―Toba Beta
  6. "When you begin to pursue your dreams, your whole life wakes up, your mind wakes up and everything else begins to have meaning." ―Nicky Verd
  7. "Focus your energy on the positive moments, because wherever you focus your energy, you feed. Focusing energy is a tremendous nourishment to the object you focus upon." ―Osho
  8. "There is only one way to make your dream a reality: make the decision and then not change it." ―Dragos Bratasanu
  9. "You can either choose to wait around and hope life gives you what you want—or you can choose to jump up and put in the work to make your dream come true." ―Oscar Auliq-Ice
  10. "what you need and what you want aren't the same things." ―Cherise Sinclair

"Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before." – Franz Kafka
"Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before." – Franz Kafka | Source

6. Focusing and Being Productive

  1. "Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own." ―Bruce Lee
  2. "Create with the heart; build with the mind." ―Criss Jami
  3. "Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves." ―Dale Carnegie
  4. "Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days." ―Zig Ziglar
  5. "Position yourself to succeed by doing the other things in your life that rejuvenate you. Exhaustion affects your quality and productivity." ―Jeff VanderMeer
  6. "Productivity is being able to do things that you were never able to do before." ―Franz Kafka
  7. "The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all." ―Leo Rosten
  8. "You can fool everyone else, but you can't fool your own mind." ―David Allen
  9. "Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed." ―Paulo Coelho
  10. "It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." ―Aristotle Onassis

"Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back." —Criss Jami
"Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back." —Criss Jami | Source

7. Feeling Confident

  1. "Confidence is knowing who you are and not changing it a bit because of someone’s version of reality is not your reality." ―Shannon L. Alder
  2. "There will always be people who say your dreams are impossible. But they can't stop you, unless you agree with them." ―Lisa Kleypas
  3. "Dreams Come True When You're Committed To Make Them So!" ―Wesam Fawzi
  4. "You will never gain anyone's approval by begging for it. When you stand confident in your own worth, respect follows." ―Mandy Hale
  5. "Confidence is like a dragon where, for every head cut off, two more heads grow back." ―Criss Jami
  6. "The person who does not care about making an impression becomes confident without even trying." ―Alan Maiccon
  7. "Confident and proficient people are virtually impossible for a bully to intimidate in any environment." ―Kilroy J. Oldster
  8. "Don't wait for success to become stronger and confident. Be strong and confident. Success will automatically chase you." ―Saif Rehman
  9. "Success is most often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable." ―Coco Chanel
  10. "Believe you can and you're halfway there." ―Theodore Roosevelt

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." —Leo Tolstoy
"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." —Leo Tolstoy | Source

8. Maintaining Hope

  1. "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." ―Anatole France
  2. "The hardest truth about hope: it makes you continue and it makes you suffer." ―Maxime Lagacé
  3. "Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself." ―Roy T. Bennett
  4. "If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything." ―Gordon A. Eadie
  5. "Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm." ―Abraham Lincoln
  6. "You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." ―Mahatma Gandhi
  7. "One lives in the hope of becoming a memory." ―Antonio Porchia
  8. "The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." ―Leo Tolstoy
  9. "Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe." ―Mitch Albom
  10. "Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls." ―Joseph Campbell

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        Liza 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        You're welcome.

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        Md Parvej Ansari 

        3 weeks ago from Bangalore

        Thank you Liza for your valuable time to see my article, I am glad that you read my collected quotes.

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        Liza 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        Wow, this is a worth-list of inspirational and motivational quotes! I totally can relate to them. I love the illustrations as well. Thanks for sharing! Have a nice day.

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